Revolutionary movement to reduce plastic pollution – Paul Krekorian

(February 17, 2022) -Mitch O’Farrell, Paul, Members of the Los Angeles City Council Krekorian and Paul Koretz, along with Council President Nury Martinez, led the city today Council in a unanimous vote approving a set of historic instructions that will move the City make progress in reducing single-use plastics.

“This is another decisive and progressive step taken by Los Angeles as we lead the way to environmental restoration, and we have prepared the ground for other municipalities to follow our lead,” said Council Member Mitch O’Farrellthe Chair of Energy, Climate Change, Environmental and River Justice Committee (ECCEJR). “Today’s vote builds on several actions we have already taken – including the reduction of single-use food accessories, plastic straws on demand, and the reduction of plastic bags – as well as our ongoing “LA100” plan to reach 100% carbon-free energy by 2035.”

“The world is drowning in plastic pollution that is destroying the marine environment and littering the neighborhoods of Los Angeles. For decades, the petrochemical industry has grown rich to the detriment of the planet by pushing single-use plastics,” said Council Member Paul Krekorian. “Here in Los Angeles, we have taken many groundbreaking steps to combat this plastic dependency, but the problem cannot be solved by disallowing one particular item at a time. Today, for the first time, the City is moving forward with a comprehensive plan that fight plastic waste in our economy, starting with our own municipal operations. Our work here should be a role model for the rest of the nation.”

“We have treated the entire planet for decades as a disposable object,” said Member of the board Paul Korets, one of the main authors of comprehensive plastics legislation. “Reality

is that there is no “far”. We live on a small planet with limited resources and we have to behave as if we fully understand this fact. Today, with this legislation, we are beginning to change our daily habits towards a truly regenerative society.

“Today marks a big step forward, not only for our city’s environmental policies, but for communities that have experienced the negative health effects of living near landfills filled with single-use plastics,” said Chairman of the Board Nury Martinez. “As always, I am proud to support initiatives that prioritize reducing the burden on our frontline communities. As a city we are towards a healthier and more sustainable future that will make life better for all Angelenos.

Council action directs LA Sanitation and Environment (LASAN) and other departments to report on strategies for implementing a phase-out of the purchase and use of single-use plastics at City facilities and at City-sponsored events. The report is expected to be completed by Earth Day: April 22, 2022.

“Many types of single-use plastics that we used to put in our blue bins can no longer be recycled, often ending up in landfill,” said Barbara Romero, CEO of LASAN Manager. “LASAN is committed to providing strategies that will help all Angelenos find responsible alternatives to the use of these plastics.

During the Board meeting, O’Farrell stressed the importance of involving all stakeholders, including small businesses and restaurants, in the process of phasing out single-use plastics, emphasizing the goal of “creating the infrastructure necessary to build a holistic circular system, rather than a failing linear system” where supposedly “recyclable” items are not recyclable at all.

Local activists celebrated the news. the Reusable LA Coalition (RULA) said he “welcomes collaborative leadership between the ECCEJR and LASAN committee on plastic pollution reduction and its serious focus on solving the city’s waste problems. Recommended Policies described in the November 2021 report are extensive and comprehensive. the the policies described, particularly around source reduction and reusable food utensils, will result in multiple benefits for both our environment and our economy.

“Plastic production and pollution is environmental racism. The best way to fight plastic waste is reducing production and making sure it doesn’t enter our environment in the first place,” said Andrea Leon-Grossmann, Director of Climate Action for blue. “The plastic death cycle affects disproportionately low-income people of color. Los Angeles takes the lead in getting oil drill our neighborhoods to fight against plastic waste. I am encouraged that the Los Angeles City Council will continue to take steps to adopt a reusable and regenerative system economy as part of a comprehensive Green New Deal for Angelenos.

“The passage of this article by the Los Angeles City Council is a huge victory for all Angelenos. and the environment,” said Newara Brosnan-Faltas, Los Angeles Chapter Coordinator for Surfrider Foundation. “Our water, our beaches and our spaces will be much cleaner and healthier for

children, families and all peoples. Our city sets the tone for the rest of the state, country and beyond. Surfrider is grateful to see the culmination of years of hard work by its allies in the The Reusable LA Coalition comes to fruition today.

“The 5 Gyres Institute commends the Los Angeles City Council for its leadership recognizing that plastic pollution harms our communities, the environment and waterways, and taking legislative action action to reduce plastic pollution at its source,” said Anna Cummins, Executive Director and Co-founder of the 5 Gyres Institute. “We believe that the complete single-use product offered plastic reduction strategies will keep our neighborhoods healthier, divert zero-use plastics from the waste stream and make LA an exemplary city leading the way to true zero waste circular economy.

To better inform Angelenos of important environmental news, as well as updates to the ECCEJR committee, O’Farrell launched the “Greener Updates From LA” electronic newsletter. Angelenos interested in receiving updates can subscribe to bit.ly/GreenerLAUpdates.

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